The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain + The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick (review + comparison)

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It’s a Sunday and instead of going out and doing all the things that we’d planned during the week, we’re just lazing on the couch while sipping numerous cups of tea. You’re looking disheveled and tired but as luck would have it, you have to go out! You’re just not in the mood for winging out your eyeliner or wearing bright lips. In times like these, don’t let your fatigue hold you back from sporting a fresh, rosy face! A lip and cheek tint is here for your rescue!

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I originally wanted to purchase the Benefit Benetint but it costs almost double its actual price in India and let’s be honest, WE’RE ALL BROKE! I settled for The Body Shop lip and cheek stain as it is said to be the dupe of Benetint; Which it is not. The Benetint is red and this one is pink. (I also had the red holiday version of the stain which, by the way, was FABULOUS!)

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Moving on, the stain is very watery and has to be applied with your fingers because if you apply it like a traditional gloss, its going to turn out uneven on your lips. It dries matte on the lips and might even feel uncomfortable but it lasts really, really long. If you prefer more glossy lips, just go on and apply a lip balm over it and you’ll be fine. On the cheeks, this stain is a blessing! Gives ample time to blend and lasts the entire day on my oily skin! Gives a lush, pink flush and never budges until you take it all off!

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The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Velvet Stick comes in lip balm like retractable tube and is much easier to use than the stain. You just have to swipe it on your lips and cheeks, blend it a bit and you’re done! It gives a very delicate, subtle color. I have to admit, this particular color which is 35ย is sheerer than the rest and has lesser pigmentation so it may not show up on women of color. It is strictly for fair to light skin tones. The stick feels moisturizing on your lips but looks velvety as it’s name suggests.

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Over all, the stain stays longer, is pinker and deeper while the stick is moisturizing and light weight but lasts for a lesser time.

If you just want to buy one product because you want to try it out for the first time, I say, go for the stain!

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The Body Shop Lip and Cheek stain retails for INR 850 and The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Velvet Stick retails for INR 995.

Until next time, lovelies, stay beautiful! :*

Things that you should never do!

Hello my lovelies! I’ve previously done a few posts on DIYs, my experiences and tips. Today’s post is a little different because I’ll be telling you a few things that you should never do.

A little note before I start off; I am obsessed with having healthy skin and hair, I try so many new things to keep them well maintained, and so do many, many people. I personally don’t have any major skin or hair problems but I know people who are very close to me who do. I see them struggle with it everyday, it makes them insecure and they try so many different things to cover it up or heal it. I always pass on any vital information, research or product that I find to them and because I want every one of you to have great skin, hair and make up too, I want to share it with you guys as well.

So, starting off with number 1.

USING TRADITIONAL OILS AS HEAT PROTECTANT

With oils taking the internet by storm, they have been in vogue like no other time! People put oil on their hair, their skin, mix it with makeup for a dewy look and you name what ever! But I recently saw on a lot of Youtube channels that girls were using it before ironing their hair! It was so painful to see fumes rising from their hair and they thought it was okay! Now, when faint fumes rise from your hair after using heat protectant, it is because the liquid layer protecting your hair is getting evaporated whilst covering your hair and saving it from damage. But when there is fume from oil, it just means the heat has gone past its smoking point! It is literally FRYING your hair! Please do not ever do it! Invest some money in a good heat protectant or just leave your hair be! Nothing is worth frying your hair for!

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GIVING THE “ONE TIME” EXCUSE

This is regarding heat protection, AGAIN! I love my hair and I would love for all of you readers to always have a full, healthy head of hair! Don’t ever skip heat protection by saying ,”Oh it is only this one time!” Damage only needs ONE TIME! If you just cannot find any heat protectant because you are travelling, just braid your hair or use a good quality serum if you have any. Now, I am saying if it is very, very necessary that you put heat in your hair, a serum does not have the necessary ingredients to protect your hair and I would normally never recommend it. Just if it is absolutely necessary and you have no choice. Honestly, you always have choice. There are numerous tutorials on beautiful updos and braids all over Pinterest and Youtube. Learn a few tricks and roll it up your sleeves for an emergency!

PERMANENT STRAIGHTENING AT HOME

Not a lot of people who would dare do this but for some of you whose mind has been crossed by this thought. Drop it. Right now. You are not eligible for permanently straightening your hair at home if you are not qualified! Trained professionals at salons know the exact concentration and concoction of products to put in your hair.ย  These treatments require high heat, of about 450 degrees and above which your flat iron does not have. This causes the hair to not be poker straight at one or two swipes and you have to go over and over again causing much more damage and sore arms. Also, coloured hair gets porous and it needs better handling and have different needs than normal hair for permanent straightening. Please, visit a salon and get a consultation.

RELYING ON HOME REMEDIES

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for natural methods to take care of hair and skin but sometimes, it is not enough! Home remedies are easy and non expensive, hey you get all the ingredients from your kitchen! Adding to that they are all natural. However, home remedies are not the answer a lot of times because there are others factors like medical conditions, hereditary and changing hormones. If you are having sever hair loss or sudden, cystic acne, please consult a doctor and have all your tests done first. How much ever websites or youtube videos tell you, some conditions cannot be treated by yourself, you need a doctor!

SHUNNING ALL PRODUCTS

How many of us are guilty of this? I am! I once got a bout of pimples and didn’t know what to do! I just somehow thought that not using anything on my face was going to “naturally” make them go away. It didn’t! My face got severely oily with weird dry patches. I had to work months to get it back to normal later.

If you start to break out, check what changes you have recently made in your skincare routine and if your makeup has any comedones that clog your pores. Use you most trusted products that have never failed you and are suitable for your skin type.

PURCHASING PRODUCTS SOLELY ON ADVICE

A lot of bloggers and vloggers including me recommend products that we use on ourselves and they’re fit for our skin and hair. I’ve seen a lot of people just go all out and buy it straight away expecting to get hair or skin like that particular person. If you have dry, damaged hair, you cannot make it look like anyone else’s hair by simply using the products that they use because you might have a different scalp and texture. Please read some more to explore how the products work, what skin or hair type it is ideal for. You have to do a little bit of research for yourself.

Similarly with troubled, acne prone skin. People are willing to try anything and everything to get smooth skin and for that they purchase WAY too many products. There are layers to the problem of skin. You might have acne because of dry, irritated skin which would mean benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid alone may aggravate the problem further. You need to understand your own skin and hair and decide on a routine based on it.

“BUYING” INTO TRENDS

This mainly consitutes makeup. We’re all just learning to contour and BAM! Contouring is out and strobing is in! What? I barely learned this! It is unalterable that makeup keeps changing according to seasons and gets inspired by runways and celebrities. But you don’t always have to do it to yourself. Now, hear me out, I’m not against new makeup tends. If anything, they make me happy. But some things just aren’t for you. Like say, for instance, strobing. It is mainly highlighting the high points of your face to give you ย more glowy appearance but it might also enlarge pores and highlight blemishes on oily, acne prone skin.

Personally, the dewy look is THE biggest disaster to happen to me. I saw it on Youtube where all these girls would try to make their skin more dewy and glowy which they did by mixing moisturiser with their foundation or BB creams and they looked divine. The only thing that didn’t cross my mind – I really don’t understand how- was that they lived in colder countries where the sun came out very rarely. And I, living in a hot, moody climate, could not carry off that look. Took me a while to realise but now I stick to my mattes!

I am not discouraging you to try anything new, but just do it once and decide for yourself if it is suiting your skin throughout the day. Is it making you overly shiny, “disco ball” looking? Or making you break out because of all the emolients mixed with sebum and sweat? Sounds gross but you have to ask yourself that so you look fabulous all the time!

Until next time, lovelies, stay beautiful!

Bourjois Paris Beauty Full Volume Mascara

Mascara has never really been my thing. I do love learning from various eye makeup tutorials but just stop at applying eyeliner. The reason behind this is I never really found a good mascara. Now, I’ve never tried a high end one or even the more expensive drugstore ones. I would spend a bomb on lipstick, but mascara, not really.

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I was big into the eyeliner phase and used eyeliner everyday, got different colors, tried different techniques. And then, I grew out of it. Recently, I’ve taken to a very minimal makeup routine, foundation, cheek tint and lipstick. I don’t like lining my eyes anymore. Weird, I know. So because my eyes looked, well, naked, I decided to just go out and buy a mascara. I’ve previously owned Maybelline Colossal, Lakme and Maybelline Falsies but hated every single one because they were dry and clumped and clumped till I just wanted to wash them off.

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The Bourjois Full Volume mascara sounds promising and it definitely lives up to its claims! With only one coat, I feel like I have more lashes, do you get me? ๐Ÿ˜› Do you ever?! ๐Ÿ˜€ I put on atleast three coats and get va va voom lashes. Thicker, fuller and ofcourse, blacker! It somehow smells like ink. You know the type you filled in your foundation pen as a kid? That ink. And I absolutely love it because I like being nostalgic. *toothy grin*

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I sleep wearing an eye mask so my lashes have no curl and it doesn’t look like I have a lot of lashes. This mascara takes care of that concern and gives me visibly noticeable and fuller lashes

I tried the fuller lashes trick with this mascara and it fared quite well! It involves applying a coat of mascara, dusting baby powder on it and then applying another coat. Full Lashes and flawless! *glitter*

The only drawback is that it is not waterproof which I personally prefer because waterproof mascara are really hard to remove. Nevertheless this mascara doesn’t give you panda eyes if you happen to be caught in the rains. It requires several splashes of water to be gotten off.

The Bourjois Full Volume mascara retails for INR 525 and is available at all Bourjois outlets but I haven’t seen them online anywhere currently.

Until next time, lovelies, stay beautiful! :*

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion Review

As I mentioned in my previous post about makeup wipes, the weather is really getting to my skin. I’m having some spots pop up even after cleansing toning and moisturising correctly. In a desperate measure to counter this, I rushed to The Body Shop as they were having a sale. I saw this lotion and picked it up instantly. After I was done with the billing I grew a little skeptical of the moisturizing properties of the lotion as it was meant for oily skin. Now, my skin is oily, really really oily. But it dries up like a prune if it is not given proper moisture. Strange!

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This lotion is meant for day time use (but does not have spf!) so I applied it the next morning and my skin felt fresh and smooth like when you apply a primer! The lotion has a gel – creme consistency and has a very strong tea tree fragrance, like its namesake. But I’ve always found the tea tree oil fragrance soothing so it didn’t really bother me. My skin drank it up real quick and felt adequately hydrated. Not too little and not too much. I didn’t have to wait to put on makeup and it went on so smooth, I was enamored.

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My face looked and stayed oil free for about 5 hours after which it started getting greasy again. Which, I’m very honestly okay with since this is how my skin is and I’ve embraced it. And the products which keep me super super matte look really great but more often than not break me out real bad!

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The lotion helped clear out my skin and also, if I might say, the blemish that spots leave behind. Whenever I apply the lotion it is like I’m readying a really smooth canvas for any makeup to go on.

In a nutshell, this product is holy grail for oily, acne prone skin which is not very severe. It retails for INR 995 and is available at The Body Shop outlets and their online store.

Until next time, lovelies, stay beautiful! :*

Quick review: Beauty Formulas Tea Tree Cleansing Wipes

I’ve been having some trouble with my skin because of the changing weather and some tea tree products have come to my rescue. I wanted to do a review on them while the weather is still humid or warm so that it helps people who have super oily and somewhat blemished skin.

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The Beauty Formulas Tea Tree Cleansing wipes is ideal for blemished skin and claims to remove make up, dirt and oil. I purchased it from the NewU store at Phoenix Market City when I was buying my usual blotting sheets. The price is INR 199 and I got 30 pulls (wipes) which was a good bargain.

The wipes are quite moist unlike some cleansing wipes that dry out in about a week because the packaging is not airtight. They don’t tug or pull on the delicate facial skin and have a strong tea tree fragrance that disappears quickly. I simply rub the wipe on my face in circular motions after which I move to the neck and the lips in the end. I didn’t think it was good for removing eye makeup as it has tea tree oil and I had an apprehension that it would sting. But one lazy, sleepy, desperate night, I just wiped off my eyes with it because I couldn’t stand the thought of splashing my face with water. Surprisingly it didn’t sting and also removed all the makeup effectively.

I always do a toner test with every makeup remover that I buy. If the cotton pad with toner still has makeup on it after cleaning with a makeup remover or wipe, then the cleanser isn’t effectively removing all makeup. The cotton pad came out completely clean!

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These wipes are very effective in removing water resistant makeup, I know because it is the only kind I use. It doesn’t over dry the skin or irritate it in any way. My mother has really dry and sensitive skin, and it worked really well on her too.

I really do recommend getting these because they’re really good, very handy for when you are travelling and carrying heavy jars or too many products isn’t feasible; also great for lazy nights! It isn’t expensive and lasts for a month if you use one wipe everyday.

Until next time, lovelies, stay beautiful! :*

Colorbar Deep Matte Lip Creme in 008 Deep Blush Review and Lip Swatch

Do you have those days when you feel that no matter what you do, your makeup isn’t just making you happy. Like there’s something missing. Something dynamic and poppy. Something like an electric lip colour!

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I was having too many of such days and took to Pinterest looking for “electric coral lipsticks” as I wanted for myself. There were some gorgeous but super pricey lipsticks, the likes of Guerlain, Gerard Cosmetics, Lancome and Anastasia Beverly Hills. Some of them were not really expensive but they aren’t available in India, and we all know what a bomb websites cost for shipping overseas. I gave up and settled for mixing my L’oreal and MAC lipsticks to create somewhat the same colour. UNTILย *drumroll* I found this baby at the Colorbar counter while browsing the makeup aisle. 008 Deep Blush was on the poster and I immediately asked the SA to swatch it on my hand. (I never swatch lipsticks at counters or stores directly on my lips because it is used on a lot of people already. And it kind of makes me uneasy.) It was exactly what I wanted! I bought it along with Deep Earth (which I will be reviewing soon). Luckily, they were having a sale at that time and I got an offer! YAY!

I applied it as soon as I got home, like I always do and I was kind of shocked. The liquid lipstick wasn’t matte, it was creamy! How could that be? Doesn’t it say “matte”? Oh, wait, but it also says “creme”! AH! Shoot! Can I never have my dream lipstick?!

Luckily, my melodramatic self was pleasantly surprised when, after a while, the lipstick settled down to a -let’s say- satiny finish. A cross between creamy and matte. I was relieved. I then blotted it with a tissue and powder and BAM! It was perfect!

Coming to the texture, it is as I mentioned, creamy and super super super moisturising! It also has a bit of a gloss once you put it on which will settle in sometime, but if you want to matte it down quick, just blot it with a tissue and powder over the tissue so the lipstick doesn’t move or bleed. Which reminds me, the lipstick does bleed a little until it settles, and until then just keep your hands and hair away from your lips. You’ll thank me, okay?

Once it sets, it doesn’t fade until it is made to fade ๐Ÿ˜› By which I mean, no touching, no wiping. Dabbing is alright though. Oh and it won’t survive through a greasy meal. You’ll have to eat like most women eat to save their transferable lipstick. You know how you open your mouth wide like a cave? Haha! No, but women do that (including me!) Let’s be honest, NOTHING survives a greasy Indian meal except for MAC’s Retro Mattes! The lipstick however does leave a very pretty peachy tint after fading, which can only be removed with a makeup remover or wipe.

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This color would look stark on darker skin tones which a lot of people may not like. Honestly, I don’t see a problem with it. A lot of women who are pale wait for summers to be super tan so that a bright color looks stark and their lips pop! We make too many rules for makeup anyway. My advice is, go to the store, try on the lipstick and if you’re happy with what you see in the mirror, buy it! This is such a unique, gorgeous color! You wouldn’t want to give it a miss!

The Colorbar Deep Matte Lip Creme 008 Deep Blush retails for INR 675 and is available at Colorbar Stores, outlets and also on online shopping websites.

This color is great to be mixed with muted reds and drab colors to make them brighter without looking over the top. If you’re going to a wedding or a function wearing extravagant clothes, pair it with this lipstick and make all the women drool in wonder! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜›

Until next time, lovelies, stay beautiful! :*

TiGi S Factor Flat Iron Shine Spray Heat Defender Review

Hello, my lovelies! Today I have a product which I’ve had for about a year now and is my absolute favorite! I’d been stalling writing a review for it because this product was fabulous from the first time I used it and I was waiting for anything negative that it would probably do in the course of time so that I’d have some warnings to give you. I’m very particular about thoroughly testing a product before I review it because I want my readers to fully know what they’re in for before they purchase it. Also, I don’t want to lose credibility ๐Ÿ˜›

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The product is, as the title says, the TiGi S Factor Flat Iron Shine Spray Heat Defender. Phew! Quite a mouthful there! You could’ve guessed by the name that it is a flat iron spray and a damn good one at that!

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I purchased it last year on the 8th of March, and the reason I remember that is because it was my best friend’s birthday and I had to iron out my hair for the dinner that she was hosting. I was out of heat protectant and purchased this quickly from the Lakme Salon nearest to my place. I’d seen Zoella rave about this line from TiGi on Youtube and wanted to buy this spray and the Smoothing Lusterizer, because she said it was so great! I sprayed it section by section on my hair and voila! my hair ironed out so easily! I just had to go two times over each section and considering my iron heats only up to 230 degrees, which is a dream for every girl who likes to iron out her hair. My hair looked poker straight and super shiny throughout the evening and even the next day!

I’ve been using this spray every time I iron my hair and it has never failed me! It cuts out my ironing time to less than half and gives soft, straight, incredibly shiny hair! I literally keep looking at my hair whenever I pass a mirror or a highly reflective surface (?)! It’s THAT good. It keeps hair healthy and my hair surprisingly never tangles when I use it, even when it has been tossed and turned in the wing. Honest!

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I would like to mention that the best way to use this spray is by spraying the product onto your palms, rubbing them together and transfering the product onto the hair like you’d do with a serum. This way you don’t put excess product in your hair. How do you check if you’ve applied the product evenly? Just take sniff of your hair to detect the fragrance. the product has a lovely, strong (not bothersome) watermelon candy fragrance that all who’ve used it LOVE!

It also works beautifully in humid weather and the hair doesn’t immediately become limp once it come in contact with water. Now, it is not water resistant in any way. But if you have really wavy or curly hair, you’d understand how ironed hair poofs up into its natural texture when water touches it. For wavy to straight haired girls like me, this could be your best friend if you want to feign “naturally” straight hair! ๐Ÿ˜€

I purchased it, a year ago at INR 1295ย but I guess the prices might have increased. Do not let the price hold you back! I’ve been using it very often since I bought it. Moreover, I’ve used it on my sister and my cousin numerous times and there’s still so much product left! It doesn’t contain alcohol so it doesn’t “evaporate” like some products. Speaking of pricing, a lot of brands give you a teeny tiny amount of product in a big bottle and you think you got a great bargain. But it finishes off in less than half a month. On the other hand, for this spray you get what you pay for. This is worth investing in and it will last you ages!

Below is a picture of my hair ironed out roughly using the flat iron spray. I like to leave it a bit wavy so it has volume but see how it glistens!

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I hope you liked this post and found it helpful! Until next time, lovelies, stay beautiful! :*